The mission of the graduate program in the Division of Animal Sciences is to provide an academic
environment that results in highly competent professional animal scientists who will become leaders
in academia, agribusiness and government.
The Division of Animal Science offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of
Science and Doctor of Philosophy, areas of specialization include Bioinformatics, Computational
Biology, Environmental Physiology, Epigenetics, Extension, Genetics, Genomics, Meat Science,
Nutrition, Production and Management and Reproductive Physiology. Species studied include:
beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry, swine, laboratory animals, and captive wild animals (through a
collaborative arrangement with the St. Louis Zoo).
Our graduate program has been ranked 6th for research productivity and 8th for overall quality
of degree, by the National Research Council. The University of Missouri is a member of the
Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization of 62 public and private
research universities in the United States and Canada.
Fifty percent of our graduates hold positions in industry, 40% in Academia and 10% are
furthering their graduate education. Graduate enrollment in Animal Sciences at MU averages
60 full-time students, of which 70% are seeking an M.S. and 30% a Ph.D. More than 90% of
students are financially supported.
The Animal Science Research Center (ASRC) covers nearly five
acres, and provides the research laboratories, classrooms and
offices for the research, extension and teaching faculty of the
Animal Sciences Division of the College of Agriculture, Food and
Natural Resources (CAFNR). The ASRC has facilities for intensive
study of livestock and laboratory animals. Abattoir and meat
laboratories are located nearby. The South Farm of CAFNR is a
1,452 acre agriculture experiment station located approximately
three miles southeast from campus. South Farm provides a field
laboratory for scientific discovery, provides training facilities for
undergraduate and graduate students, and supports educational experiences in production
agriculture and basic sciences. South Farm and other Animal Sciences farms serve multiple
disciplines including beef, dairy, swine, horse, and poultry.
Admission for one Semester (Minimum Requirements)
Approval of Advisor*
2.6 Cumulative GPA
3.0 GPA for last 60 hours
GRE Scores: 143 verbal
and 143 quantitative)
TOEFL Score (if
English is not national language)
550 (paper based)
6.5 IETLS (academic version)
80 (internet based)
Approval by Director of
Graduate Studies of coursework proposed for probationary semester. A 3.0
GPA must be received the first semester of enrollment to continue in the
Animal Sciences Graduate Program.
Graduate Research Assistantship
Graduate students may receive an annual stipend. The stipend is provided by the major professor. Annual stipends for M.S and Ph.D. students are comparable to other institutions and include a waiver of tuition.
In the Division of Animal Sciences we have a rolling admission process(acceptance may be granted at any point during the year).
Domestic Students - The deadlines for most departmental and university-wide graduate fellowships is February 15. Therefore, it is recommended that your application process be completed starting in the Spring Semester.
International Students - please allow sufficient time(depends on the home country of the student) to process paperwork.